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From the Desk of Mike Colon, Blue Collar Black Book Founder
Jul
04

State of “The Book”

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We are now fully functional and it's officially GO TIME! Let the hard work and the long road to prosperity and construction security begin. I'm going to keep this short and sweet. You'll get a quick rundown of our current capabilities, followed by a quick assessment of how you can use Blue Collar Black Book to your advantage.

 

There were 2 major features we wanted all our users to have:

-Client Reviews: The ability to Post a Client Review, whether good or bad & To be able to do a check of your new clients reputation before you start work.

 

-Trade Information: A database of information volunteered by users so we may all be on the same page as far as wages, benefits, bidding, service rates etc.

 

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Apr
12

Don't Call Me a Rat! The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend.

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Have you ever been part of a team and half the team thought they didn't need your half of the team to win? Take for instance football. Usually the offense gets all the glory but can the offense win a game without sending in their defense to stop the oppositions offense? HELL NO! Football is war, the struggle between labor and business is war, and in war there is always casualties. Cinch up your Jock, tighten up that chin strap and make sure your pads are strapped up.... we are about to play the smash mouth game of skilled labor.

Just like on the field, in construction there is a bunch of hard hitting, tough as nails, Type A personalities, who want nothing more that to go out there, handle business, day in and day out and come home and relax with their spoils of war. Problem is, over the last 30 years the “spoils of war” more closely resemble the spoils of a college dorm room refrigerator than a vikings plunder. What the hell happened you ask, well I'll tell you!

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Aug
12

The Next Generation of Tradesmen: Who the Hell is Training These People?

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The Baby Boomers are disappearing from the trades like teenagers at a party getting raided by the cops. Generation X is getting to the point where they aren't as strong as they used to be. I heard there was a Generation after them but if they exist you would have to point them out because I don't see a whole lot of them on my jobs. So who is going to do the work when we can't anymore. I guess it's time to head back to school....Literally!

Most people in the trades agree, our industry is not in the best shape. We are having a hard time filling the ranks with new fresh blood. Some of that fresh blood appears to be flat out rotten. I'm talking about people with bad attitudes, terrible work ethics, a complete lack of discipline, no patience for developing their own talents or paying their dues and a lot of them lack the basic mechanical skills to even start in the trades.

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Jul
28

At the Intersection Of Progress & Disaster: HOW to Make a Decision

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When driving it's easy to miss signs when you are concentrating on all the hazards of the road that are constantly changing around you. In the construction business, like any other business, the day to day issues, problems, “routine” business can distract you from the big picture which is the goal, the purpose, the mission. Gas up the truck lets take a drive to the intersection of Progress & Disaster. I know where I’m going so I'll drive you just pay attention to what's going on around us.

This issue has been racking my brain like a 90 lb jack hammer.

The object of my frustration: A small plumbing company I have intimate knowledge of and experience with.

The Owner of the business in question is a PHENOMENAL human being, a fantastic people person, a solid tradesmen but a terrible businessman.

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Jul
20

Hey Did Somebody Here Order an XL Large Box of Complaints?

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They Forgot to Include the XL Box of SOLUTIONS

Does the Construction Industry no Longer Solve Problems?

Talk is cheap.  It's also a totally worthless piece of crap when there is no action behind it.  Everyday we all hear people complaining, but when you put them on the spot they couldn't give you a solution to save their damn life.

I know it can be hard dealing with problems that seem bigger than yourself, but if there is a problem that is impacting your life so much that you have to cry to somebody else and make them listen to it, maybe you should spend some time developing a solution.  I dunno, but maybe I am just old fashioned about such things.

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